Geely brand will be closed by 2012

Geely’s bosses announced last week that they will waive that mark by 2012. Chinese Corporation will not give up, however, the production cars, Geely brand waiver is only a marketing position to hand over the sub-brands Gleagle, Englon and Shanghai Emgrand to promote in China and international.

Emgrand brand is the luxury division of Geely, while Gleagle is Chinese world brand name and an acronym for Global Eagle.

Market withdrawal of Geely brand will be complete with moving Freedom Ship, Yuan Jing to Gleagle and moving King Kong and Golden Eagle to Shanghai Englon.

Once completed this marketing maneuver, the Chinese will be ready to close Geely. It is unclear whether Geely corporate name will be changed or not.

The changes made in Geely structure doesn’t affect Volvo, which has just been bought by Chinese.

Changes in the Geely brand refers particularly to the Chinese market. Thus, Chinese automobile manufacturer wants to increase its number of branches and increase profitability of existing dealers.

The quality of repairs will be also increased in the hope of loyalty to existing customers. Under-performing dealers will be removed from Geely network to avoid losses.

Google is back in business in China

Chinese authorities have renewed the license of Google services for the local market after the U.S. company has committed to respect the rules of the largest Internet market in the world, according to the number of users.

Google began in June to stop automatic redirection of users of the site for China,, to the one of Hong Kong, uncensored, in a bid to ensure the license renewal service for the Chinese market.

The operator of the most used search engine in the world announced in early May that it wants to comply with Chinese government regulations regarding the censorship of Internet content sites.

Beijing has threatened that it will not update Google’s license because it does not approve company’s attempts to avoid regulations regarding content filtering.

China had over 384 million Internet users at the end of 2009, more than the entire U.S. population, according to Chinese government data.

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China in numbers

The largest corporations in the world ask for the cheap labor there.

United States and European Union are the largest importers of products made in China.

With a workforce of 779.9 million individuals (out of 1.38 billion), China produced in 2009:

• 619 million mobile phones
• 67.6 million of LCD TVs
• 59.3 million refrigerator combines
• 13.7 million vehicles with engines
• 22.3 trillion cigarettes.

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Mercedes will build electric vehicles for China

Mercedes has plenty experienced in the production of electric models, once they released the versions of Fortwo and A-Klasse, while BYD is China’s leader in developing lithium-ion batteries.

The alliance between the two manufacturers should bring on the market an competitive electric vehicle with great autonomy, in the next two years.

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The first car with Google Android comes from China

Roewe 350 will become the first car in the world that will provide customers this operating system. The model will be on market in late April.

If you know the Roewe brand, this is because it is the brand that became Rover after SAIC bought the rights to use the technology of the brand in Britain.

According to the Chinese manufacturer, the model will use Google Android version 2.1, available on the cell phone recently launched, Nexus One.

This will give the opportunity for the driver to access the GPS through Google Maps and to use the web surfing capabilities of the system when the car is stopped.

It is very interesting that Google has chosen to enter with Android on a car that is not in the premium line of the Chinese market, the Roewe 350 following to cost between 70,000 and 130,000 yuani, meaning between 7600 and 14,000 euros.

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Chinese newspapers criticize Google’s decision to close the search engine in China

On the other hand, several major Chinese newspapers have ignored Google’s decision, which has redirected its users to the company website in Hong Kong, a former British colony which enjoys a special status.

In turn, the daily newspaper China Daily accuses Google that “has exploited its conflict with the Chinese government for political purposes” and that it falsely accused authorities in Beijing that were behind the cyber attacks against the U.S. company services.

“Attempts to politicize were hit by the strong opposition of the government and Chinese society,” notes the daily, which provides a decrease in credibility of the U.S. company.

Also, the China Daily estimated that Chinese internet users will not have too many regrets on closing the engine.

Google might close its services from China

The publication cited as source a Chinese employee of Google China, but the information has not been confirmed by the American company representatives.

The source says the company gave employees two options after closing the portal in China: either to work for a subsidiary of the United States or for the company’s operations in Asia Pacific.

The information confirms the idea that Google will close all operations in China and not just a search engine, as previous speculation.

A Google spokesman said on Monday that the discussions with Chinese officials have not concluded, but specified that the American group is determined not to accept censorship.

Internet Service Operators are required to censor words and images that the Communist Party considers unacceptable.

Very popular international platforms, like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, are blocked in China, where the authorities do use a filter that doesn’t allow users to access banned content.

Suzuki will have diesel engines from VW

After Volkswagen bought 19.9% of Suzuki shares, the Japanese wants to pass from diesel current generation, taken by Renault and Peugeot, to TDI engines provided by VW.

After VW bought 19.9% from Suzuki and the two parts announced a partnership which consists in collaborations of technological matters, and Japanese will build cars with TDI engines.

Osamu Suzuki, Suzuki’s general director, announced they will review partnerships with Renault and PSA group, and also their intention to buy diesel engines from VW.

The Japanese car manufacturer of small class and SUV of small sizes has some relations to Japanese producers and delivers rebranded versions of their own models and other models, under OEM license.

Despite the close relations in researching and development, the two brands plans to keep their selling networks separate. Moreover, Suzuki won’t use VW’s distribution network from North America or China and neither VW won’t do the same thing in India.

It seems that, Maruti-Suzuki has the bigger number of cars sold in India, and VW is the best auto brand sold in China.


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Hot Rumors on iPhone

The iPhone was also released in China this week, though with not that much of a success. One of the blames brought by the critiques to Steve Job is his refusal to change to the WIFI standard of China.

Also the AT&T’s outlandish comments about iPhone data users in China could have affected the iPhone popularity! Rumor has it Del La Vega (AT&T’s Head of Consumer Services) suggested the Chinese to change there usage or else.Who knows what the future of iPhone brings us?